October 2, 2014

The New Jim Crow

October 2, 2014

this is important stuff

The New Jim Crow

October 1, 2014
"Journalists and investigators have documented numerous other instances in which police
departments have engaged in illegal shakedowns, searches, and threats in search of forfeitable
property and cash. In Florida, reporters reviewed nearly one thousand videotapes of highway
traffic stops and found that police had used traffic violations as an excuse—or pretext—to
confiscate “tens of thousands of dollars from motorists against whom there [was] no evidence of
wrongdoing,” frequently taking the money without filing any criminal charges.53 Similarly, in
Louisiana, journalists reported that Louis ana police engaged in massive pretextual stops in an
effort to seize cash, with the money diverted to police department ski trips and other
unauthoized uses.54 And in Southern California, a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department employee
reported that deputies routinely planted drugs and falsified police reports to establish probable
cause for cash seizures.55"

— The New Jim Crow

October 1, 2014

Drug-war forfeiture laws are frequently used to allow those with assets to buy their freedom,
while drug users and small-time dealers with few assets to trade are subjected to lengthy prison
terms. In Massachusetts, for example, an investigation by journalists found that on average a
"payment of $50,000 in drug profits won a 6.3 year reduction in a sentence for dealers," while
agreements of $10,000 or more bought elimination or reduction of trafficking charges in almost
three-fourths of such cases.49 Federal drug forfeiture laws are one reason, Blumenson and
Nilsen note, “why state and federal prisons now confine large numbers of men and women who
had relatively minor roles in drug distribution networks, but few of their bosses.”

- The New Jim Crow

such corruption! 

September 15, 2014
"… might lead you to interpret ambiguous facial expressions as smiles in the one condition and as something else in the other"

Psych textbook

LOL I just imagined like a bunch of ambiguous facial expressions

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Filed under: psychology 
September 8, 2014
"The human being, as far as any human being can tell, is the only creature that contemplates itself."

— Grey, The History and Scope of Psychology, 4th Edition

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Filed under: psychology 
September 5, 2014
"The current system of control
depends on black exceptionalism; it is not disproved or undermined by it. Others may wonder
how a racial caste system could exist when most Americans—of all colors—oppose race
discrimination and endorse colorblindness. Yet as we shall see in the pages that follow, racial
caste systems do not require racial hostility or overt bigotry to thrive. They need only racial
indifference, as Martin Luther King Jr. warned more than forty-five years ago"

— the new jim crow, alexander michelle

September 4, 2014
did not deter crime significantly, many experts concluded. Those who had meaningful economic
and social opportunities were unlikely to commit crimes regardless of the penalty, while those
who went to prison were far more likely to commit crimes again in the future"

— the new jim crow

September 4, 2014

The impact of the drug war has been astounding. In less than thirty years, the U.S penal
population exploded from around 300,000 to more than 2 million, with drug convictions
accounting for the majority of the increase.7 The United States now has the highest rate of
incarceration in the world, dwarfing the rates of nearly every developed country, even
surpassing those in highly repressive regimes like Russia, China, and Iran. In Germany, 93 
people are in prison for every 100,000 adults and children. In the United States, the rate is
roughly eight times that, or 750 per 100,000.8
The racial dimension of mass incarceration is its most striking feature. No other country in
the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. The United States imprisons a
larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid. In
Washington, D.C., our nation’s capitol, it is estimated that three out of four young black men
(and nearly all those in the poorest neighborhoods) can expect to serve time in prison.9 Similar
rates of incarceration can be found in black communities across America.

These stark racial disparities cannot be explained by rates of drug crime. Studies show that
people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates.10 If there are significant
differences in the surveys to be found, they frequently suggest that whites, particularly white
youth, are more likely to engage in drug crime than people of color.11


— the new jim crow, intro

September 3, 2014
"A black man was on his knees in the
gutter, hands cuffed behind his back, as several police officers stood around him talking, joking,
and ignoring his human existence. People poured out of the building; many stared for a moment
at the black man cowering in the street, and then averted their gaze. What did the election of
Barack Obama mean for him?"

— The New Jim Crow, Introduction